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Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - “Gilding the lily” may be defined as “giving an often deceptively attractive or improved appearance to something.” A synonym is to “sugar-coat the pill” as in “making something bad seem less unpleasant.” The bitter pills that need sweetening are the drastic economic reforms Brazil requires to get itself back on track.

Sadly, Finance Minister Levy has not had enough training in sugar . . .

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